If good things are made to be shared then a spa break has to be the ultimate experience for friends to enjoy together. Rest, relaxation, pampering and just the right amount of indulgence as well, spas offer the perfect atmosphere to chat, catch up or simply spend time in one another’s company. From hydrotherapy pools big enough for a hen party to nail bars with enough space for everyone, here are some of our favourite spas to experience with friends.
Rockliffe Hall, Co. Durham
In 375 acres of gardens and grounds in the Durham countryside, Rockliffe Hall is a vast playground of wellness experiences. From Nordic walking together in the fresh air to an immaculate outdoor infinity pool overlooking the estate, the 50,000 square foot spa has a wealth of five-star wellness facilities. There’s a dedicated spa garden for up to 16 people, a mud rasul for a shared treatment experience, and if you’re staying overnight there are three restaurants to choose from as well!
Appleby Manor Hotel and Garden Spa, Cumbria
Get back to nature with al fresco hot-tubbing and scenic views at this adult-only Lake District hotel and spa. Appleby Manor has a rustic charm, complete with log fires, and whisky waiting for you in the evening. Meanwhile, the spa can cater for small groups of up to around eight people, making it ideal for a get together with friends enjoying manicures, pedicures and luxury spa products.
K West Hotel & Spa, London
A timeless favourite of ours, K West Hotel & Spa is a luxurious, celebrity favourite amongst spa hotels that’s perfect for small groups of friends. Combine your stay with retail therapy or a night at the theatre, or simply stay in these chic and tranquil surroundings. Unique features include a snow cave, and a Sun Meadow room that’s designed to offer gentle light therapy to help relieve the symptoms of S.A.D. It’s an adult-only retreat that’s ideal for groups of up to eight people. After you have spent time in the spa, get dressed up for dinner and drinks, complete with DJs setting the scene.
Brooklands Spa Hotel, Surrey
Next to the first purpose built circuit dating back to 1907, Brooklands Spa Hotel is a quirky and sleek hotel where they offer all the luxuries of a spa experience and plenty of thematic fun to go with it. On their Girls Night in the ‘80s package, spend an eccentric evening enjoying ‘80s themed cocktails and watching an ‘80s movie. Swap that iPhone for Polaroid selfies, enjoy a bag of retro penny sweets, and dance the night away to a ghetto blaster and ’80s playlist.
Whittlebury Hall, Northamptonshire
With a massive 23 treatment rooms including a hammam chamber and rasul room, Whittlebury Hall is an all-singing, all-dancing spa experience that sits alongside a buzzing hotel that hosts regular tribute and party nights for kitsch and colourful evenings out. A four-star hotel with the ultimate thermal spa for a group of friends celebrating time together or special occasions.
Galgorm Resort and Spa, County Antrim
Taking the luxury spa experience to a whole new level, Galgorm Resort and Spa is a decadent hotel in 163 acres of lush parkland overlooking the River Maine. While it’s a romantic destination, its plethora of facilities including the ‘Beltane Experience’ where you relax around a sunken fire before enjoying a dip in the 12 man hot tub make it a group getaway with extra wow factor. It’s also just 30 minutes from Belfast if you want a day/night out.
The Belfry, Birmingham
Stylishly renovated and well known for its sweeping array of facilities and things to do, The Belfry has a wealth of facilities and a laid back atmosphere that’s perfect for quality time with friends. Join spin classes and spend a blissful 90-minutes enjoying the thermal suite journey before heading for treatments in the 12 treatment rooms. In the evening you can choose from The Ryder Grill or pizza and pasta at Rocca’s, and there’s always a lively atmosphere in the bar. They also have several ‘1 in 8 go free’ offers on their spa days and breaks, which is excellent for hen parties and birthdays.
The Spa at Carden, Cheshire
This 1000 acre estate is an adult-only retreat with a purpose built spa experience to rival any other. From the Bollinger Champagne bar to the dedicated spa restaurant, this two-storey building houses a wealth of facilities and is also home to a 2,500 square metre spa garden. Offering indoor and outdoor health, wellbeing and luxury all year round, the spa alone is somewhere to spend the whole day with more than enough space for a group of friends. Then, for those who want to stay overnight, there’s the hotel which has its own vineyard producing its own English sparkling wine, an award-winning restaurant, a chef with an MBE and 196 rooms and suites to choose from.
Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh
In Edinburgh city centre, Macdonald Holyrood Hotel enjoys proximity to Holyrood Park, and views of the Salisbury Crags and Arthur’s Seat - the highest point in Edinburgh. It’s also perfectly placed for exploring the city’s shops and restaurants for a cultural mini break of good food, good company and spa treatments to unwind with as well.